Welcome to the Bluez Cafe !

Building on the rich cultural legacy of Matabeleland the Bluez Cafe aims to establish a vibrant and multi-dimensional cultural space for artists and arts practitioners – a space to create, a space for free expression of cultural identity; a space of tolerance, inclusion, unity, respect, dialogue and compassion. Endorsed by 60 artists of Bulawayo across all genres at a consultative meeting in April 2017, the creative space also provides a point of intersection between the arts and civil society; a democratic space for nation-building, dialogue between communities and reconciliation through the arts.”

The Bluez Cafe was officially opened at the Youth Contact Centre, 98A Lobengula St/8th Ave Extension, Bulawayo, on Africa Day, 25 May 2017.

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Lady Tshawe, on the ‘Blood Tongue’ experience

Lady Tshawe  features in the play ‘BLOOD TONGUE—THE MUSICAL’ by Christopher Mlalazi, a vivid production by Nhimbe Trust which has been on tour in Zimbabwe and now headed for South Africa to the Emalahleni Artists Preserving Heritage Festival (Ubuntu) to be held at the Emalahleni Civic Theatre, in Mpumalanga in December 2017. On the collaboration […]

UNESCO invites NHIMBE to PARIS: December 2017

In a busy season for Nhimbe Trust with a musical theatre production, cultural consultancies and building up the Bluez Café, the Bulawayo-based NGO has been invited as an observer, to the 11th session of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions, at UNESCO Headquarters, Paris, from 12-15 December […]

‘Blood Tongue – The Musical’ leaves for SA Festival

     (Blood Tongue, The Musical – photos by Mgcini Nyoni) The stirring theatre production ‘Blood Tongue, The Musical’ – an exciting collaboration between  Zimbabwean and South African artists, brewed in rehearsals since October at Bluez Café in Bulawayo, has been blazing a trail through Zimbabwe, and is now invited to a vibrant festival in […]

Nhimbe’s Exec Director invited to Rwanda meeting of cultural experts

Kigali, Rwanda, 26 Nov–1 Dec 2017   Following the October election of Josh Nyapimbi to the steering Committee of the African Cultural Policy Network (ACPN) in, and his appointment as Convener of its working group on ‘Culture, the economy and creative/cultural industries’, the Nhimbe Trust executive director has now been invited to a meeting of […]

Mlom Wakho Poetry Slam @ Bluez Cafe

On Saturday 25 November, MLOM WAKHO NAXIONAL POETRY SLAM comes to the Bluez Cafe in Bulawayo, from 3pm.   The Africa Cup Poetr Slam Chad 2018 Qualifier!   An explosion of poetry from some of Zimbabwe’s great poets.  cc$2 – or a sealed food item for charity!

‘Walk With Me’ by Mgcini Nyoni

BLUEZ CAFE were proud to host, on Friday 24 Nov,  ‘WALK WITH ME’ – a play by Mgcini Nyoni: A collage of women’s stories of love, stories of pain, stories of despair and stories of triumph.  Presented over one hour by three women, the production took the audience through a myriad of emotions and realisations.  […]

CANCELLED: ‘Blood Tongue – The Musical’

CANCELLED: “BLOOD TONGUE – THE MUSICAL” HARARE & NORTON, 15-16 Nov 2017 NHIMBE TRUST very much regret to announce the cancellation of the performances of the play ‘Blood Tongue – The Musical’ in Harare tonight and Norton tomorrow, due to circumstances beyond our control.  We hope to reschedule soon, and will keep you informed.

‘Blood Tongue – The Musical’ (Zim-SA)

‘Blood Tongue – The Musical’ :A Zim-SA collaboration In another exciting collaboration unfolding in Bulawayo from 23 October to 10 November, Nhimbe Trust will be producing “Blood Tongue – The Musical”-  a play by the award-winning Zimbabwean  playwright and author, Christopher Mlalazi, directed by Eunice Tava in collaboration with South African music directors Bafana Dladla, […]

Artists Respond to Bulawayo City Council

At a consultative meeting by the Bulawayo Cultural Affairs Office (BCAO) on 1 November held at Bluez Café with artists, arts managers and administrators, promoters and journalists of the city, participants were informed about the history of the Cultural Affairs Office since 2008, current developments, and the role that Nhimbe Trust has played in facilitating […]